A 71-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in acts of vandalism discovered around the Clarke Quay area last week that seemed to be in support of blogger Roy Ngerng.
Police, in a media statement released yesterday, said they were first alerted to the graffiti after a report was lodged on Friday morning about a defaced bus-stop advertisement board in Hill Street.
Officers then conducted checks in Clemenceau Avenue, River Valley Road, Hill Street and Victoria Street, and found similar graffiti at 11 other bus stops.
Two other areas were also vandalised - the electrical box at the junction of Hill Street and North Boat Quay, and stone seats in Stamford Road. Phrases such as "We support CPF blogger" and "Return our CPF money" were scrawled across at least six of the affected areas.
These appeared to be messages backing Mr Ngerng, 33, who received a letter of demand from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on May 18, regarding defamatory remarks made in his blog post about the Central Provident Fund scheme.
Police investigations and inspections of CCTV footage led to the arrest of the suspect on Tuesday.
Anyone found guilty of vandalism could be jailed for up to three years, or fined up to $2,000. He could also receive between three and eight strokes of the cane. As the suspect is above 50, however, he will not be caned if convicted.
Mr Ngerng, a health-care worker, told The Straits Times he was "saddened" by the news of the older man's arrest, and worried for him.
This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.
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